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Still Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This weekend I found myself irritable, tired, and hungry. Not hungry for food, but with an ache in my spirit. A burdensome kind of discontent not easily soothed by quick fixes.</p> ...

Religion in the Race for the White House
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As part of my coverage of the <a href="http://www.aarweb.com">American Academy of Religion</a>'s annual meeting, I attended a day-long workshop titled "Religion in the Race for ...

Fasting for Immigrant Justice this Election Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Activists, evangelical Christians, and Catholic Workers have joined in a hunger strike in downtown Los Angeles to expose the plight of immigrants in the United States and to motivate 1 million peop ...

My Prayer for Election Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. We should thank God for the m ...

Seeking Reconciliation Before and After the Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As the 2008 presidential campaign draws to a close, I've become increasingly less concerned about the specific outcome of election night and more concerned by what we will have positioned ourselves ...

Fighting Tears as the Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I have been fighting tears for the past few days. And as Tuesday draws closer it becomes harder and harder to keep those tears at bay. I have been fighting tears for the past few ...

Why Mavis is Voting
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I work in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of northwest Washington in a building called The Festival Center. I work in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of northwest Washington in a buil ...

An Iraq Veteran's Ambivalent Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. Shane an ...

What Would Yoder Do?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Since Mennonite theologian and ethicist John Howard Yoder's death in 1997, I have often wondered what he would have said about the events of these past eleven years. Since Me ...

Election 2008: Voting All Your Values
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sojourners A guide to the issues -- just in time for the elections. "Speak out, judge righteously, defe ...

Tall Tales and Tiny Revolutions
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Politics and storytelling. Tall Tales and Tiny Revolutions: Politics and fiction have much in co ...

What's at Stake
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis 10 issues to consider in casting a ballot. With perhaps the most consequential election of any of o ...

Decision 2008
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Editor’s Note: Okay, Ed, the lawyer has finished looking through your column to make sure it’s totally nonpartisan and that ...

Inside Story
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors God is always on the side of the marginalized, the people who are the weakest and poorest. God is ...

Audio: Conversation with a Swing State Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Last week Jim Wallis sat down with Mike Slaughter to talk about the faith and politics of a swing state pastor. Last week Jim Wallis sat down with Mike Slaughter to talk about the ...

Confessions of an Alternative Voter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I'm pretty sure I have more sympathy for <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane and his treatment of what I'll call "alternative voting"</a> (pr ...

Jesus is not an Essene nor a Herodian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

If you care about peace, justice, the common good, poor people, the environment, genocide, war, peoples' health, human life or general wellbeing, come hell or high water, you are going to vote on N ...

Christian Voters Need to Reorient, not Disengage
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of honest and civil dialogue, I would like to both affirm and respectfully disagree with a few points made by <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane Claibor ...

Not Voting is Irresponsible, Not Less Responsible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear Shane,</p> Dear Shane, Your recent post is helpful, well-written, and - While I disagree, I very much While I disagree, I very much respect the viewpoi ...

Why I Believe Christians Should Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. I am so thankful for you and everybody who is asking the question of how to ...

Back to the Future with Focus on the Family
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Yesterday, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3283">Jim posted his response</a> to <a href="http://www.citizenlink.org/">Focus on the Family....Act ...

Audio: Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Offer Alternative Pro-Life Position
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: During a teleconference today, evangelical and Catholic leaders challenged people of faith to evaluate candidates on a consistent ethic of life that protects life from the "w ...

Be Not Afraid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the final days of this election campaign, a new message has emerged. In the final days of this election campaign, a new message has emerged. For the entire political year, the ...

Voting as Damage Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Every day I am asked how I will be voting.</p> Every day I am asked how I will be voting. Principled Christian non-voters and secular anarchists have written to urge a p ...

An International Challenge for Christians to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

If you're a Christian who has given up on politics this year and decided not to vote, do that which is honorable. Go to Joppa and find a ship bound for Tarshish. If you' ...

James Dobson's 'Letter From 2012 in Obama's America'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

James Dobson, you owe America an apology. James Dobson, you owe America an apology. The fictional letter released through your Focus on the Family Action organization, titled &q ...

Tutu on the Election's Dangerous Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few hours before the bodies of Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago's South Side last Friday, across town one of the world's greatest peacemakers b ...

Listening to Those Who Sacrificed for the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I read with interest <a title="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130" href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130">Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's post</a> on v ...

Joe the Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

A new figure has entered the 2008 election campaign. His name is "Joe the plumber," and his concerns about his future have now entered the message of this political year. ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates' conversations. In the months leading up to the ele ...

An InterVarsity Chapter Shifts Focus from the Campus Booth to the Voting Booth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Max Kuecker was a devoted member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IV) on Northwestern's campus in the mid 90's. It provided faith, fellowship, support, and friends. One thing, however, ...

Voting Through the Lens of the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Around the nation, Christians are lifting up the biblical call to social justice and care for the poorest and most vulnerable, globally and in their communities, through participation in Sojourners ...

Listening to the Black Church Tradition on Voting and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the black Baptist church where I worship every Sunday, it's no surprise that Republicans don't own the evangelical vote. In the black Baptist church where I worship e ...

A New Conversation on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In last evening's presidential debate, the first steps were taken toward a new national conversation about abortion. For too many years, the old one hadn't changed very much. ...

Lewis and McCain: When Heroes Collide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in Vietnam, an injured McCain parachuted into a lake. John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, ...

John McCain's Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

"I think if McCain uses these very nasty character references he risks losing his soul. "I think if McCain uses these very nasty character references he risks losing his ...

American First, Christian Second?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Recently, I watched an ongoing <em>New York Times</em> online report by Jennifer Steinhauer and Ben Werschkul called <a title="http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=5aac1546381f300674da8a59 ...

Seeing True Worth Despite Financial Downfall and Political Demonization
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Editor's Note: I've been enjoying The Sanc ...

Just as You Did for the Middle Class, You Also Did For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the all too familiar script of presidential elections and debates, these words have essentially replaced the words of Jesus. In the all too familiar script of presidential elec ...

Whew!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

My brother called me last night before the big debate. "If Palin does really bad tonight, she could lose the election for McCain," he said. My brother called me last nig ...

President of ABC News Tells His Church to 'Vote Out Poverty'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<em>David Westin, president of ABC News, was the speaker at </em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/action/alerts/VOP_poverty-sunday-toolkit.pdf"><em>Poverty Sunday</em></a ...

Zogby's Purple People Poll
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

While most political junkies were distracted by the big news of the week - the economic meltdown, the first presidential debate - the good people at <a href="http://www.zogby.com/">Zogby Intern ...

Video: Financial Crisis Has Election Implications
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>Jim Wallis was on PBS's Religion &amp; Ethics Newsweekly yesterday to discuss the Wall ...

Talking to the New Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

During the final week of the 2000 presidential election, I was in the fall semester of my freshman year in college, feeling incredibly hungry-hungrier than I had ever been before. ...

Obama Hung in Effigy at Christian College
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This is hard to read. Hard to swallow. Hard to understand ... This is hard to read. Hard to swallow. Hard to understand ... especially when it happens at a Christian universit ...

Fair Questions for Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

After Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, reporters asked me whether the pick was desperate, brilliant, or risky. After Sarah Pa ...

Hispanic Heritage Month, Immigration, and the Presidency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<p align="left">This week is significant in the lives of the more than 40 million Hispanics in the United States in that it marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. ...

Just the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Most of you are too young to remember Joe Friday, the tough inner-city police sergeant on the old television series <em>Dragnet</em>, which I still see sometimes in syndication. ...

Ten Reasons Why This Election Should Be About Issues and Not Personalities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

The presidential tickets in this election on both sides of the aisle have lots of "personality;" some of the candidates have even been referred to as "rock stars." John McCain's campa ...